The two worlds of the Witcher and Cyberpunk couldn't be more different. But in sheer size, while The Witcher 3 looks like it might win out by square meters, CD Projekt Red is saying Cyberpunk 2077 will be a much denser, packed-in world to explore.
Speaking to GamesRadar at Gamescom 2019, Cyberpunk 2077 producer Richard Borzymowski compares the open world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, with plains and forests between specks of civilization and larger cities, to the monolithic Night City of Cyberpunk 2077.
"If you look at pure surface [in terms of] square kilometers, then Cyberpunk 2077 might even be a little bit smaller than The Witcher 3," Borzymowski told GamesRadar. "But it's the density of the content, taking the world of The Witcher and squeezing it right in, deleting the wilderness between."
The Cyberpunk producer says Night City is an integral part of the setting-"It's essentially a protagonist if you want to call it that," he says-so it has to be denser and packed with life. "It wouldn't give us the end effect we wanted to achieve if the city wouldn't be believable."
Borzymowski went into detail about different areas of Night City in our own chat at Gamescom 2019, discussing how different areas are more affluent and thus more patrolled. It affects what you might be able to get away with, as well as what language you'll need to speak and what kind of mischief you'll get into in each region of the city.
"In Pacifica (one of the poorer areas) you could probably shoot someone, and if nobody would see then nobody would care," Borzymowski told USG. "If you would do that in the City Center you would probably get some law enforcement. Because those areas are way more patrolled. The crowds will act and dress differently."
We've had a lot of time to talk about Cyberpunk 2077 with its developers, and it still feels like scratching the surface. How all of this comes together, from Keanu Reeves and life paths to the thriving, beating heart of the city, will be something to see.
Cyberpunk 2077 is set to hit PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 16, 2020. Keep an eye on our need-to-know guide for all things Cyberpunk 2077 running up to release.